Vital grants worth more than £10 million have now been paid out to East Dunbartonshire businesses to help support them through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council and Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire continue to receive applications, calls and queries from a wide range of local firms and enterprises.
The Scottish Government's Business Support Fund is being administered by the Council and - as of 19 May 2020 - 1,089 applications had been received for a Small Business or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant.
More than £10.1 million worth of grants had been paid as of 19 May 2020 - including 829 Small Business Grants, totalling over £8.23 million, and 77 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants - more than £1.89 million.
There have also been 89 applications to the Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund, with a total of £98,000 in grants issued (as of 19 May 2020).
For more information on business support available, including the latest initiatives and updates, visit the Council's dedicated webpage - www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support
Councillor Vaughan Moody, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "This is a remarkable achievement during an incredibly challenging time. Well done to all involved for their hard work to turn around such a huge number of applications in such a short duration."
Councillor Andrew Polson, Joint Leader of the Council, added, "I'm very proud of our work to support local firms, entrepreneurs and enterprises - who form the foundations of the East Dunbartonshire economy. We will do all we can to continue that support - working to protect jobs, prevent business closure and promote economic recovery when the time is right."
Visit www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/covid-19-business-support for the latest information, including details of initiatives such as:
- Business Support Fund - including Small Business Support Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Support Grant (multiple properties now covered)
- Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
- Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme
- Emergency loan fund for SME housebuilders
- Bounce Back Loans
- Innovate UK Coronavirus Business Support Package
- Future Fund.
Business Gateway East Dunbartonshire is continuing to offer advice and support via online workshops and networking groups, as well as one-to-one 'remote' meetings.
For additional information on potential funding sources, visit https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice and www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder